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Women’s 200-metre World Champion Shericka Jackson is now a Diamond League double champion after setting a meet record of 21.57 seconds to win the finals in Eugene on Sunday.
Jackson, who clinched her maiden Diamond League crown in the 100 metres on Saturday, entered as the overwhelming favourite to double up in the season finale, and she did not disappoint.
The Jamaican, who on paper was never expected to be challenged for the win, in no uncertain terms verified that statistic, as she covered the field within the first 50 metres, after which her only competition thereafter was the clock.
The Jamaican seemed on par to edit the long-standing world record of 21.34s in the final 20 metres; however, the time reflected its survival by a fractional margin as she established a new Prefontaine best.
She finished ahead of Ivory Coast’s Marie Josee Ta Lou, who posted a season-best 22.10 seconds, and MVP training mate Athonique Strachean (22.16 seconds), who came through for third.
It’s the second record for Jackson in as many weeks after posting a league record (21.48 seconds) in Brussels last week.
The win underscores an emphatically dominant 2023 season, which saw her remain unbeaten over the distance, including a successful World Championship title defence.
While the world would have been anticipating a new world record, the time, which is the sixth fastest ever, adds to an impressive output by Jackson, who now holds four of the top six times in history.
As Jackson continues to chisel away at that mark, the excitement is expected to swell further in the lead-up to the Olympic Games, where she is expected to be among the top contenders to challenge for gold in Paris.